Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Garden Plans

We plan to redo our flower garden in the front of our house this fall. As you can see from the picture, the front of our house is pretty simple...but boring. The major changes will include, removing the bushes from the front of the house and extending the garden on the right side of the house to the walkway and driveway. As of right now, all I know is I want the garden to be very natural looking with lots of color.

While researching and trying to figure out what I actually want to replace the bushes and fill all the new space with, I stumbled across a great resource for garden planning! The Better Homes and Gardens Web site,, provides free downloadable garden plans for everything from container to formal to butterfly gardens. You can find them all here.

The PDF provides you with an illustration, diagram, and listing of all the plants used. Tweak the garden to your space—swap out plants for your favorites, add more plants to fill space, or take out plants for a smaller space. You can even use it just to see what plants look nice with others. It's a great tool!

If you are a subscriber to, you can use their "Plan-a-Garden" tool. I haven't used it, but it looks pretty cool. You can personalize your own garden by size, shape, and plants. You can even add walkways, trellises, trees, etc.

More to come on this project. For now, I welcome any suggestions...

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